Pupils learn how theirfood gets from field to fork

The Simpson McCreath Trust has awarded school project Field to Fork a grant to develop a food and farming education programme.

Friday, 7th April 2017, 07:01 am
Updated Saturday, 8th April 2017, 21:30 pm
Sally Fleming, Field to Fork Project Leader and Richard Simpson, Vice Chairman of Simpsons Malt with Scremerston First School pupils Jack, Sadie and Heidi on a recent school visit

Running around 100 visits a year, the project aims to provide a learning experience for children, which connects them to the countryside.

Each session teaches the importance of farming, where their food comes from and the environment in which it is produced.

The £2,000 grant will be used to further develop the project and encourage more schools to take part.

Sally Fleming, Field to Fork project leader, said: “Field to Fork provided by Douglas and Angus Estates at the Hirsel Coldstream endeavors to connect children with farming and the countryside, raising their awareness and giving them a deeper understanding of where their food comes from and how it is produced.

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“Receiving this grant is a huge help and will allow us to develop and improve the unique experience we offer. Visits for 2017 are already underway as we look to welcome another 2,500 children this year.”

Richard Simpson, Simpsons Malt vice chairman, said: “As an active member of the agricultural industry through our merchanting business, McCreath Simpson & Prentice, we are keen to help projects such as Field to Fork in educating young people in the importance of farming and the natural environment.”

The Simpson McCreath Trust, a charity set up by Simpsons Malt and McCreath Simpson & Prentice, supports a wide variety of organisations in Berwick and the surrounding areas. Reflecting the interests of the trustees, the trust is particularly active in the areas of education, culture and sport.